The Chronicle of Higher Education announced its annual list of 'Great Colleges to Work For' this week— and noted that the top schools prioritized a strong sense of community, an important factor in today's digital age.
ModernThink administered the online survey from March 14th through April 15th and drew responses from about 45,000 people at 232 institutions. Of those, 89 were private four-year institutions, 66 were public four-year institutions, and 77 were two-year colleges. Every accredited college or university in the United States with at least 500 students was invited to participate at no cost.
Respondents included about 7,200 administrators, about 15,700 faculty members, about 2,000 adjunct faculty members, about 13,000 staff members, and about 7,000 nonexempt employees.
What the survey entailed
Questions were based on an assessment used in 55 "Best Places to Work" programs, which a panel of industry experts customized for college issues.
The survey consisted of two parts:
- A questionnaire where participants responded to 60 statements on a scale of "strongly disagree" to "strongly agree"; and
- An analysis of workplace policies and demographic data, such as benefits.
How schools were judged
Applicant institutions were divided into four-year and two-year categories, which were further divided by population into small (less than 2,999 students), medium (3,000 to 9,999 students), and large (more than 10,000 students).
The 10 highest scoring four-year institutions in each size group and the four highest scoring two-year colleges in each size group were given recognition in each Great Colleges category, with the exception of "diversity." In diversity, three two-year and three four-year institutions were recognized.
"Honor Roll" was given to 10 four-year institutions in each size group that were most prevalent across the recognition categories. Four two-year institutions received the same distinction.
The categories were:
- Collaborative governance;
- Compensation and benefits;
- Confidence in senior leadership;
- Facilities, workspace, and security;
- Job satisfaction;
- Professional and career development programs;
- Respect and appreciation;
- Supervisor or department-chair relationship;
- Teaching environment;
- Tenure clarity and process; and
- Work-life balance.
Who made the cut
Among the colleges that earned distinctions were:
- Gettysburg College;
- McPherson College;
- Angelo State University;
- Endicott College;
- Florida International University;
- Hofstra University;
- Morgan Community College;
- North Florida Community College;
- Crowder College;
- Howard Community College;
- Miami Dade College; and
- Santa Rosa Junior College.
See the full list at the Chronicle (Chronicle of Higher Education , 7/17; Chronicle of Higher Education , 7/17).
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